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Kings snap 12-game skid vs. Thunder with 104-83 victory

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Rudy Gay scored 28 points and Darren Collison added 24 to help the Sacramento Kings snap a 12-game losing streak to Oklahoma City with a 104-83 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night.

DeMarcus Cousins had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and the Kings rolled to just their fourth win in 11 games under new coach Tyrone Corbin and first against Oklahoma City since Feb. 12, 2012.

Kevin Durant scored 24 points for the Thunder, who shot just 32.6 percent and lost both games of a brief Northern California road trip.

This marked the first time all season that Oklahoma City lost back-to-back games with Durant and Russell Westbrook in the lineup. The Thunder had won nine of 11 with their two stars healthy before the losses to Golden State and Sacramento.

Westbrook was completely outplayed by his former UCLA teammate Collison. Westbrook shot just 3 for 19 and had seven turnovers, while Collison made a career high five 3-pointers.

The Kings broke out to a big lead and coasted to the victory in the opener of a six-game homestand. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Collison early in the third quarter put Sacramento up by 17 and Ben McLemore’s putback in the closing seconds made it 78-57 heading to the fourth.

Two nights after shooting 31 percent in a loss at Golden State, the Thunder were still searching for their shooting stroke. Oklahoma City missed 14 straight shots in the first quarter to fall behind 25-7 on a jumper by Cousins.

Westbrook missed six of seven shots, scoring on an emphatic dunk, and Durant missed four of five as the Thunder started the game 2 for 21.

A 3-pointer by Perry Jones with just under a minute left ended the drought. Serge Ibaka added a fast-break bucket and a 3-pointer to fuel a 9-0 run, but the Thunder still trailed 28-16 after one when Collison hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Kings maintained a comfortable lead throughout the second quarter. Durant’s late 3-pointer made it 53-43 at the half.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Oklahoma City scored seven points in the first 11 minutes of the game and then nine in the final minute of the first quarter. … Dion Waiters, acquired on Monday from Cleveland, made his Oklahoma City debut with 9:52 left in the second quarter. He missed his first three shots before hitting a jumper late in the half. He finished with four points on 1-for-9 shooting.

Kings: Cousins got his fourth technical of the season late in the first quarter arguing a no-call. He had 16 last season. … Cousins took 13 foul shots in the first half as Oklahoma City big men Ibaka, Steven Adams, Kendrick Perkins and Nick Collison all had three fouls.

UP NEXT

Thunder: Host Utah on Friday.

Kings: Host Denver on Friday.

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